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    • PhoenixPhreak
      PhoenixPhreak
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      Hi all,
      Welcome to my blog.
      I need to FINALLY get seriously serious about poker. And yes, the redundancy was on purpose.
      I have played poker for about 5 years and have been a generally break-even player.
      In my lifetime I have put $450 into online poker. At one time I got down to less than $1. Without depositing more I now have about $50 in my Pokerstars account. Using the Starter Bankroll from PokerStrategy I have about $60 in Full Tilt, but that is as everyone knows quite useless right now.
      With other free money promotions I have about $100 across 888, Party Poker, and Poker 770.
      That leaves me $300 in the hole.

      I will slowly add other little random backgrounds to my 'poker playing anti-career'. But for now you can read up on my Beginner Course Thread here:
      PhoenixPhreak Beginner's Course Thread
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    • fruktpuff
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      Joined: 24.09.2010 Posts: 3,982
      Welcome to our blogging section!

      You shouldn't be too results oriented and chase the losses early on, just play your best and keep improving and results will follow!

      Regards,
      Richard
    • PhoenixPhreak
      PhoenixPhreak
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      Joined: 15.04.2011 Posts: 335
      Current BR: $146

      So, I know I have a lot of problems with my game and I will continue to work on them as I learn and improve my game.

      The weakness that I see most evident right now is not believing 'bluffs' that aren't bluffs. I call down when people show aggression. Sometimes I even reraise with 'good' hands that are relatively weak for what the villain ends up showing.

      I need to accept that aggression from many micro stakes players is their communicating that they have a good hand.

      As I gain more experience and stats on players, this can change how I address a specific opponent, but in general, with unknown opponents, I must accept that weakness is weakness and strength is strength. No need to overthink at the beginning...
    • PhoenixPhreak
      PhoenixPhreak
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      Joined: 15.04.2011 Posts: 335
      Current BR: $148

      Baby steps for sure. But today was nice in that I played a handful of SNGs. With four $.25 45entry games, I won one and got 4th in another. With two $.10 180entry games, I placed 17th in one.
      It just feels good to win, and also to reflect on my game and see that I really have adjusted some for trying to be a bluff catching hero caller. This isn't perfect yet, but I am adjusting and growing. I hope that these little SNG wins, even at really really low stakes, encourage me to look at poker positively.

      I'm now watching HasenBraten's Crushing NL50 and will be doing Homework 3 for the Beginners course in the next few days.

      Real life has been a bit busy. I haven't had a day off in almost two weeks until today. As an English Teacher in Japan my school has a special School Festival tomorrow and Monday, so I will be pretty busy there too. But I should be free to put some good hours in Tuesday through Thursday/Friday next week!

      On another note, I will be going home to California for Summer Vacation and am really looking forward to playing at Commerce Casino.
    • PhoenixPhreak
      PhoenixPhreak
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      Hey all,
      I don't know if I get many people reading this, but I'm looking for some suggestions for a short term poker goal.
      I have $37 on my pokerstars account and something like $24 on my Party Poker.
      What kind of short term goal (between 1 week and 2 months) would you recommend? I generally play NL2, but am open to any serious advice.
      Let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions!

      PP
    • fruktpuff
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      Hi,

      Sorry for the late reply here, was away.

      Of course there's people reading, we might just not comment as often as we should.

      With such small BRs on different sites, it's hard to suggest anything except NL2, really..

      Any way of moving it into a single site, and having more options?
    • PhoenixPhreak
      PhoenixPhreak
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      The way I got money onto PokerStars originally was like 4 years ago through some old e-wallet. It might have been Netteller. But my NT account is now shut down (since at the time I was living in the US).
      The money on every other site was through free promotions, so I have no bank accounts or e-wallets associated with them.
      Living in Japan, I should be able to use some general global e-wallet, if someone has a recommendation.
      But I prefer to keep some money on PokerStars, as it is my favorite for software and such. And Money on 770 is the only way I can currently get PokerStategy Points.
      I don't know if transferring around little bits of money like that would be really useful...
    • PhoenixPhreak
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      I've been doing better recently. I've been much more focused during my playing and working through the Beginner's Course has helped hone much of my thinking.
      Just a simple update now, but here is a graph for my playing since August 1:


      And here is my last week (only):


      I feel I'm getting a bit unlucky with the whole AIEV, but I know that variance is part of the game, I'm probably making tons of mistakes that I will continue to try to improve, and AIEV isn't only a matter of luck, but can be my putting myself in bad situations too.
    • PhoenixPhreak
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      Can I just say, I am SOOO looking forward to FullTilt coming back.
      I use a MacBook for my poker playing. PokerStars is awesome on it, but that account isn't linked with PokerStrategy. The only other actual client for a Mac that I know of is PartyPoker. And man, it sucks!
      Great software and the ability to get to Silver again! (and Gold after).
      I can't wait for Nov. 6th!
    • PhoenixPhreak
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      So, the last couple days I've been doing pretty well. I know it is partly just finally getting to experience an upswing, but I think I am slowly plugging leaks and improving a little.
      Here is a chart, still starting at the beginning of this month, but continued through today!:


      I also know I need to continue to put a lot more time in too.

      The fact is, if I'm not improving, then I am staying stagnant. This is bad for two reasons. First is that any bad habits I have will become more regular and keep me from improving later. They stay as constant leaks and will be harder to discover if I become apathetic. The other reason that improvement is always necessary is that my opponents are improving and I will fall behind if I don't always improve my game. That probably doesn't matter too much now when I'm only at NL2, but it the truth is the same. Therefore I must continue to improve, very conscientiously.
    • PhoenixPhreak
      PhoenixPhreak
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      So, I've been running good lately. I'd like to think some of the improved results is from improved playing, and I have been studying and implementing changes. But I think it could easily be variance too.

      My partner for this week from my new study group really helped me work through thinking of opponents' ranges.
      What are they calling with pre...?
      What are they calling/checking/raising with on the flop...?
      etc.

      I've been able to consider better whether a bet/raise has an actual purpose. This is helping me get away from the c-betting that I often do 'just because'. I've been growing more conscious of the stats of opponents and making better laydowns preflop verse some tight opponents. And, though this shouldn't be a focus, it is a good feeling to see some other donk call and the person you layed down your QQ to preflop did actually have KK.

      I'm going to do a couple things as a focus this rest of the month.
      Since on my Beginner's Course work I am stuck at the beginning of Part 7, due to only being Bronze status, I will re-read all the articles from the beginning again. I'll also try to continue viewing Veriz's Beginner videos, and possibly reviewing HasenBraten's a bit more as well...
      The other thing I'm doing is playing on my wife's really old Dell on Poker 770, just a bit everyday to get 1 Strategy Point. This will also get me the bonus 10 points each day. After I get to Silver I can continue on with the Beginner's Course.

      Another update: I'm at about $107 on my PokerStars BR. And another bonus is that I'll get a $10 cashback after just 40 or so VPPs, which should be a few days play at tops. So when I get to $125 I will take my first stab at NL5, though probably just one table at firs with a couple NL2s continuing until I am at an even more comfortable BR.

      Last, If anyone does read this, I'd love feedback. What kind of things are interesting to read? What parts are boring? Do you have any questions?
      I would love to have some interaction with other PokerStrategy users!

      Thanks.
    • PhoenixPhreak
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      Not to much feedback took away some motivation for posting here. But that said, I am still playing, studying, and trying to improve.
      Recently I joined a study group. Though the group seems cool, I haven't found it very active or helpful yet, with the exception of one thing. We were paired up with a partner for some sweats and such. My partner is awesome! I feel like I am getting a ton of free coaching, but I really see the way I think about poker getting much better very quickly. He is also getting some motivation from being able to discuss hands and share his insight, so I hope it really is a win win.

      Two weeks ago I was incredibly busy with work and preparations for an English Camp my school put on. Then I had a busy weekend for Assistant Language Teachers in a town a few hours away and that was a good refresher for living in Japan and getting some social nourishment. But unfortunately after that I got sick and that put me in a place I didn't want to play poker with, since I couldn't think so straight. Now this last weekend and this week I'm looking forward to hitting poker hard again! :s_biggrin:

      I am using Poker 770 and William Hill to get PokerStrategy points so that I can continue with my homework for the Beginner's Program. I just got Silver again recently so I can continue studying some of the articles that were previously unavailable. I will be getting some of my Poker770 money taken away due to not enough rake generated, but I will still be left with enough to grind a little enough days of the week to keep Silver status, especially since after I get my FTP account back it won't be linked... :f_cry:

      Last, My PokerStars Account is growing slowly but healthily and I am now playing NL2 with BR of about $145. :s_biggrin: :s_cool:

      Chart to follow:
    • Deomedes
      Deomedes
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      Joined: 12.11.2011 Posts: 137
      Hi PhoenixPhreak your graphs and determination seems impressive, i just saw your blog today and i will follow it.

      As for some feedback, i would like to see your interesting hands the ones that made you change the way you play in some spots. But please spare us from coolers and bad beats there is no reason to review the inevitable.

      And for last, i am impressed from your "non-showdown winnings" line for nl2 and nl5. You see it's my goal for November to improve my red line without having my blue line suffer.

      So i would like to ask you how many tables are you playing? What's your AFq per street , Flop cbet ,Turn cbet, W$WSF? Or most importantly what you think did help you keep that line near zero?

      Hope i didn't ask for too much, we will keep in touch.
    • PhoenixPhreak
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      @Deomedes,
      I'm happy to have you join this thread! :s_biggrin:

      I will try to post some more hands, and of course ones that provide insight into leaks or deeper thinking, not bad beats or lucky wins. I'll try to post a couple when I get home tonight.

      I'm not entirely sure why I have been doing better with my non-showdown winnings. Since the beginning of November I have been doing well too, and almost half my profit has come from non-showdown winnings... I am usually playing about 9 tables, sometimes up to 12 too. In general on PokerStars I join tables with high player/flop, and try to drop out of them when they drop below 20%. So, it can take some time to get into more than 2 or 3 tables, but eventually I have a good flow and play an average of 9 or so tables.

      In November (for 6370 hands so far):
      my total AF is 5.84 and AFq is 59.95.
      my flop AF is 6.75 and AFq is 60.77 with Flop CB at 92.59.
      my turn AF is 4.97 and AFq is 61.92 with Turn CB at 67.78.
      my river AF is 4.44 and AFq is 52.63 with River CB at 51.61.

      Looking at this now, I think it is really high...

      My W$WSF is 46.13, but total went to showdown is only 24.97.
      I am still learning a lot, so I am slowly getting used to checking all these stats. I know one of my huge leaks before (and still popping its head up) is betting too aggressively with just top pair and similar holdings. But I've improved a bit recently with folding quicker to shown aggression...
      One thing I have noticed in my recent sessions is the ability to float. I am sure my use of the tactic is very elementary, but I have been able to see where opponents will CBet the flop and then I can bet/raise the turn and take down the pot...

      Definitely feel free to ask anything at all. I hope I gave you some useful information.

      Good luck!
    • PhoenixPhreak
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      Just a quick update. Current Bankroll: $344.19 (PokerStars-only: $195.91).
      :f_biggrin:

      I am planning on doing NaPoPlaMo. I have in the past years joined NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), but am now putting focus and effort into Poker. So my National Poker Playing Month will entail a goal of 50,000 hands (instead of the 50,000 words required for NaNoWriMo). As well as posting an average of 5 hands a day and commenting on 5 other hands per day. I'm currently way behind on this, but will catch up throughout this week and weekend.
      Last, I will do all the required readings and videos for the last two homeworks for the Beginner's Course here on PokerStrategy.

      With FTP being un-tracked, it will be harder to get PokerStrategy points. My only tracked accounts are with William Hill and Poker770. 770 only works as a Web Flash client on my Mac and WH isn't compatible at all. Running them on an old Windows laptop is troublesome, but will get me by for a while to at least keep silver status...

      I am also going to lose some of my 770 money from not reaching the required rake intake... but it shouldn't be too detrimental.

      Well, back to work... unless I can find some time to comment on some hands... :f_p:
    • Deomedes
      Deomedes
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      Thnx for the quick reply PhoenixPhreak,

      First thing i have to note is, WOW ! Playing 9 tables or more and having postitive red line ,with healthy blue line at the same time, is inspirational. I used to think that this is nearly impossible and especially in the microstakes.

      As i see your stats you are very aggressive. Of course, when i see these results i feel that there is not much room for criticism but i think that your Flop Cbet is too high. What is your flop cbet success?

      At the same time your Double barreling frequency imo is healthy since you do not give up on the turn. The one and done tendency would have killed your red line.

      Still though i think that your equity cannot improve on the turn that often ,when you have that wide flop cbet i mean, to justify your turn cbet frequency. Of course there are the scare cards too that you take advantage ;) .

      If you are nitty preflop then that might balance it even more, but still too much flop cbet. But hey, it works!! so no need for big changes.

      I also like your Aggression factor that means no fooling around by calling much with second best hands.

      As for your Top Pair hands i think that folding on turn or river raises vs unknown microstakes player is mandatory. Vs flop raises though, flop texture is more essential to your decision as also do other stats, position and the sizing of the raise of course.

      Went to showdown being 25 is no surprise since you are so aggressive. People fold against you more and as a consequence you go less to Showdown . So there is no need to assume that you are getting bluffed too much.

      I am eager to see some hands and thnx for the useful information, i will try to make the best of it.
    • PhoenixPhreak
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      @Deomedes,
      I couldn't find a stat for % of success with flop C-Bets in PokerTracker3. Let me know if you have the stat name.
      My Red line as of late has just been more constant. It is positive, but it hasn't really gone up or down in the last several thousand hands.
      Also, I don't really know what hands to post here. I am trying to post hands somewhat frequently in the Hand Evaluation forum. I guess I can link to those maybe...
      Thanks for following along! How is your Poker Journey?
    • PhoenixPhreak
      PhoenixPhreak
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      Joined: 15.04.2011 Posts: 335
      Current BR: $398 (PS: $251)

      I'm enjoying poker, and getting some time in.
      My challenge to myself for the month was/is this:
      50,000 by the end of the month.
      Finish Videos and Articles for the Beginner's Course Homeworks 7 & 8.
      Post 5 hand evaluations/day.
      Comment on 5 hand evaluations/day.

      I am 9 days through November now... I'm doing so-so...

      Hands 12,000/15,000
      Hand Posts 5/45
      Hand Comments 6/45

      I still need to plug through all the reading for short-handed play to finish Homework 7... The plan is to finish all the reading tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday and to finish the Homework 7 by Sunday (Nov. 11th).
      I also plan on posting and commenting on about 15 hands each of the next two days so I will be quite a bit closer to my goal than I currently am.

      On a good note, as seen above with my BR, I am still grinding upwards and am enjoying playing in the process! :)
    • Deomedes
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      Hi PhoenixPhreak,

      The cbet success stat you can find it in Reports -> Holdem Cash Player Statistics then go to available stats click on +All Stats and find "CBET success percentage". Add it to some report or create a new one, name it, and run it.
      I think is a usefull stat to know.

      As for my poker journey as you said, though i play 6max cash games reguraly the last days i haven't play any. Not because i have no time but because i start playing Heads-up SnG.

      Heads-up cash used to be where i spent my free 50$ from pokerstategy :D on poker 770 and i was always planning to play them again. I was planning for Heads-up cash but i happened to play some SnG and really got into them.

      Enough for me, this blog is for your development, thnx for asking though.

      As for the hands i suggested you posting, any hand vs some lag out of position with Top pair on wet board is enough to fill some pages :) .

      I understand of course that playing so many tables make your game more abc so you can not remember specific hands.

      My suggestion is to play 4 tables lag style from the CO, BTN and SB on your stakes or nl10 and then by (surely) having more material, to post some hands. This way you will even find leaks easier also.
    • PhoenixPhreak
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      Here's a quick update for so far through November:
      PokerStars is at $280. All online is $425.
      I'm at 19k/25k for hands played and my goal.
      Here is a chart:


      And some stats:
      VP$IP/PFR/3B/F3B/CBF/FoldFCB/WTSD/W$SD
      14.89/11.21/4.88/75.04/90.83/60.61/23.45/51.06

      If you do comment on the stats, I'd love to understand why they are high/low too. :)
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